"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
Quote by: Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, May 11, 2005



Ana and Emily in a cardboard box. It was the only way I could get a picture of the two of them.

It has been way too long since my last post, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Emily's palate surgery was three weeks from yesterday and she is doing great. Aside from getting another cold, which messed with her sleep, she's all healed and making some progress.

She's not walking on her own yet, but she has taken some more steps and she's cruising around the house by holding onto anything and everything. The most astounding progress is with her eating habits. She has eating two full jars of babyfood (carrots and squash) in the last couple of days. She's never had more than a bite or two of strained baby food in one sitting. I now think this was due to the food coming through her nose and also because it was hard for her to move the food back to her throat without a palate.

Another cute picture in the box. They play together a lot now and there are some fights too. It's interesting to see a one-year-old get angry at her sister.

So we'll be starting with speech therapy again next week. We had to postpone the post-op visit which was scheduled for today because Emily has pink eye. Poor Emily. She's always catching something from her sister or her cousins. Once NYU gives us the okay, we'll begin working with her speech therapist to help her start talking and also drink from a cup (although I tried the cup thing today and poor Em got very frustrated).

I'll be updating the blog less often now, probably once a week or so. Thanks to everyone for their well wishes and prayers during this past surgery. It has meant so much to us!


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